UPDATE: Governor Perdue Kicks Off "Jobs Tour"

Monday afternoon Governor Perdue toured West Pharmaceutical in Kinston and met with employees.

The company recently announced a $29-million investment in the Kinston plant with about $3.5 million in incentives and credits from the state. Perdue says she'll be touting this kind of success as the state faces a 9.7% unemployment rate.

" We continue to see it go down, but it's going down at a snail's pace, and there are so many people unemployed or underemployed. It's really important, not just for me, but the general assembly to focus on what's important to families and people in North Carolina, and that's jobs," said Gov. Bev Perdue, (D) North Carolina.

Governor Perdue also held a town hall meeting in Kinston Monday afternoon.
Governor Bev Perdue will spend Monday in Eastern North Carolina touring a pharmaceutical plant and holding a town hall meeting.

The Governor will tour the West Pharmaceutical Plant in Kinston Monday. The company recently announced a $29 million expansion to the facility.

At her next stop, Perdue invites people to join her at the Kinston-Lenoir county visitor center from 4-5 p.m. for a town hall discussion about creating jobs and strengthening education.

The Chair of the State Board of Education, Dr. Bill Harrison, will also be part of the town hall.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    Maybe is she did not drive up in a Cadillac Escalade and maybe a ford she could save a few more jobs. It is what it is folks.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 29, 2011 at 06:58 AM
    Is this her "March them off to China" speech? The ECHO, we don't need a high speed rail that NC will have to keep up...they just don't have a reality vision of long term. Amtrack made how much money last year? Excuse me, how much did you pay to Amtrack to subsidize their existance?
  • by The ECHO Location: Kinston on Mar 28, 2011 at 03:59 PM
    I went to the meeting today. She continually talked out both sides of her mouth. But one thing that she was adamant about was there were not going to be any teachers or teacher's assistants losing their jobs. There will be a lot of state employees losing their jobs, but not anyone in the teaching field. She was also talking about using a lot of federal money to build up our rail system, to include a passenger rail service to the coast from the Triangle area. Lucy Marston was the moderator and she wouldn't call on anyone that would ask a tough question. So, it is what it is.
  • by Fantastic Sams on Mar 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    Bev, Take some of the taxpayers money and get something done to that scraggly head of hair!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    what governor perduce speaks is only perception, not the truth or the facts. She talks in circles, circumventing the facts and changing subjects in mid sentence. You will hear, that is not what I meant to say, or you must have misunderstood. a world class politician.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 28, 2011 at 08:18 AM
    Funny, why aren't teachers protesting her like they did in Wisconsin? She vows to cut over a thousand teachers and cut benefits....where are the protesters?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Most of the people in the south that work are alot more civilized than those spoiled yankees.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 at 11:25 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      There are no unions in NC. Teachers can not protest without risking loosing their jobs.
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        by No Union? on Mar 28, 2011 at 02:10 PM in reply to
        What is the NCAE then?
  • by local Location: Kinston on Mar 28, 2011 at 03:31 AM
    While Kinston has a nice visitor's center, I will have to agree with Jerry on why there? The place is way too small for such an event to invite the public to. If it was a private meeting, then this place would be perfect. I do believe she or her staff or whomever should have chose a larger venue if she is really interested in hearing from the people. It makes you think by chosing a place this small, she is there for a photo op and not really there to hear the people and their comments.
  • by Justice on Mar 27, 2011 at 10:50 PM
    Bev, please look around when you get to kinston, find that transpark money which was scammed from us hard working taxpayers. Its easy to spend someone elses money isnt it? Those that want a transpark, put your money in it, not someone elses.
  • by rl Location: bear grass on Mar 27, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    Hey Bev, New Bern has alot of nice bridges. Next time you are there- Take a jump.
  • by jerry Location: kinston on Mar 27, 2011 at 06:05 PM
    the only reason she is going to be at the visitors center is because there is not enough room for us commoners to be let in its the harveys and pooles etc that will be the crowning glory for her and then again why kinston thats another why? and yeah go ahead witn not post this be cause I am not politicically correct
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